EYFS - New Starters
1:1 Virtual Meetings with Parents – Monday 28th June
Thursday 2nd September – First Day of School (The children will be part time for the first couple of days to allow time to settle in)
Monday 6th September – All children will be in school FULL TIME.
Below are a couple of on-line resources which parents can access, this includes guidance on preparing children for school, as well as supporting effective home learning, particularly focusing on developing communication and language skills and school readiness.
Hungry Little Minds
Hungry Little Minds has been launched by the DfE to encourage parents and carers to engage in activities that support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond.
Tiny Happy People
Tiny Happy People helps parents to develop their child’s communication skills. It offers simple activities and play ideas to help parents find out about their amazing early development.
Free daily activity ideas, you can look at previous lessons for different ideas linked to different things.
Many ideas and activities for Maths sessions. Easy to use independently once you have loaded it for your child and put them onto the correct year group.
Lots of well known songs and Nursery rhymes with Makaton incorporated.
Barefoot Mini Missions
It is based around Computing but looks like fun activities you can choose from.
Free School Meals can be slightly confusing to parents. The difference is:
Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) - all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will be eligible for a school meal free of charge from September, no application and no additional funding to school.
Free School Meals (FSM) - every pupil registered with the council as eligible under the entitlement criteria below, the school will receive additional funding in the school budget called Pupil Premium (£1,300 per child) which is used to help raise achievement levels. This also include enabling access to facilities, clubs, and subsidising trips and residentials. If you do not claim for Free School Meals, then the Pupil Premium funding will not be available for your child (e.g. subsidising the above).
Blackpool Council will do a ‘bulk check’ on all reception children and will notify us if your child is eligible.
Who is Eligible?
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
• Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
• Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
• Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
• Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Income Support
• Working Tax Credit 'run on' – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work If your child is eligible for free school meals, that eligibility will be protected until Universal Credit is introduced (expected March 2022) even if your circumstances change.
If your child is still in education on this date, they will be eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in.
If you have a younger child starting school in September and you are no longer eligible, they will not be protected because this would be a new claim.